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Second Annual Teachers Summit Takes Place July 29

Published: July 18, 2016

Second Annual Teachers Summit Takes Place July 29

Approximately 500 local educators will visit CSULB on Friday, July 29, to take part in the “Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2016,” one of 38 sites to hold similar events across the state that day. The summit is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators.

At CSULB, the event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and begin in the campus’ University Student Union (USU) with the majority of the day’s activities held there and in the nearby psychology building. President Jane Close Conoley and Provost Brian Jerskey will be on hand to provide welcoming comments.

“We anticipate the second year to be even better than the first,” said Nat Hansuvadha, an associate professor in CSULB’s College of Education who is coordinating the campus event. “The feedback from last year’s event was extremely positive so we know we are making an impact and providing motivation for those who attend.”

During the day individuals will have an opportunity to share ideas, build networks and learn concrete strategies to implement the new California Standards in classrooms. The event is also an opportunity for those in attendance to hear from nationally renowned speakers and gives teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and high-impact practices led by teachers and for teachers.

In addition, the summit will provide insights from fellow teachers about effective strategies for implementing the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards, a powerful network of colleagues to support future collaboration and access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

One of the keynote speakers for the event will be Kelly Gallagher, a high school English teacher in Anaheim, who is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education and is an author and consultant to educators around the world. The other keynote speaker will be actor Ernie Hudson. Perhaps best known for his role in the hit “Ghostbusters” movies, Hudson also appeared in “The Crow,” “Law and Order” and HBO’s award-winning series “Oz.” He currently stars in Netflix’s hit show “Grace and Frankie” and EPIX’s “Graves.” This fall he will appear in FOX Network’s new series “A.P.B.”

Following the event’s initial kickoff in the USU, individuals will have the opportunity to attend 45-minute Edcamp breakout sessions facilitated by 17 local teachers.

Along with other keynote addresses by education leaders and the various Edcamp breakout sessions, participants will be able to attend TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers.

The summit, expected to draw more than the 15,000 participants statewide it attracted in 2015, is co-hosted by Santa Cruz-based New Teacher Center, in partnership with the California State University, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and its member institutions.

California State University schools produce about half the teachers in California and about 10 percent of all teachers across the nation. CSULB prepares the largest number of elementary, secondary and special education teachers in the entire CSU system.

–Shayne Schroeder